Wednesday , November 14 2018

Books

When Excellence Is a Survival Strategy

HEAVY An American MemoirBy Kiese Laymon241 pp. Scribner. $26. The idea of excellence is a wire, sometimes barbed, often electrified, strung through nearly every page of Kiese Laymon’s memoir, “Heavy.” And that excellence is black: two middle-school boys killing time by taking their favorite vocabulary words — “erroneous,” “abundance” — …

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Slim Volumes With Scores of Cocktail Ideas

A collection of 100 cocktail recipes — grouped in booklets according to the dominant spirit (amaro, Champagne, gin, rum, sherry, tequila and mezcal, whiskey and vodka) then boxed together — makes for a cunning reference tool or gift. Around a dozen drinks, classics and others from bars around the country, …

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